We had a birthday dinner to go to tonight for two of our good friends. With a bunch of us getting together we decided to go try the Yard House in Yonkers New York. Yard House features a large menu of appetizers, burgers, sandwiches and house favorites. On top of that they also feature one of the largest selections of beers on tap you will find at any restaurant. They have 100+ local and imported beers at any given time. It seemed like just the place to celebrate some birthdays.
What We Ate:
Unfortunately due to some camera and lighting issues we were not able to document the appetizer portion of our meal. We did however order the following:
Chicken Nachos - spicy pinto beans, cheddar, jack, red and green sauce, tomato, cilantro, onions, guacamole and sour cream
Spinach Cheese Dip - baked with feta, jack, parmesan & cream cheese served with crispy flatbread
Fried Calamari - with spicy tomato and tartar sauce
Cuban Roast Pork Dip - pepper jack, pickles, roasted roma tomatoes, dijon & garlic aïoli on garlic french bread with bbq au jus
Carnitas Street Taco - roast pork with grilled onions, pico de gallo, guacamole and pineapple
Margherita Pizza - roasted roma tomatoes, roasted garlic, mozzarella and fresh basil with Extra Cheese
The atmosphere in the restaurant was nice. The decor was modern and had a warm feeling. The lighting was low but not too dark. There were a ton of TV's playing sports, but they were not distracting. The staff was nice and provided us with enough space to enjoy our meal while also keeping our glasses full.
It felt like an upscale version of a Chili's or T.G.I Fridays style chain restaurant, more on par with the Cheesecake Factory. The menu had plenty of options but it was hard to choose just one item to eat. We decided to get some appetizers. The chicken nachos were a big let down. There was almost no chicken on our nachos and the chips were drowned in a bland salsa and covered in cheese. This was your classic chain appetizer, nothing fresh or amazing about it. You ate it because it was there but it could have been so much better.
We also ordered Spinach Cheese Dip. This featured a healthy portion of spinach mixed with four different cheese's served with flat bread chips. The chips went nicely with the dip giving you the perfect vehicle to get the dip into your mouth. The dip was tasty but was a bit salty. As with the nachos this dip was nothing special but it was not bad. The dip was followed up by some fried calamari. We enjoy calamari, but it is hard to do correctly. Yard house did it's best to make it right, they did reasonably well for a chain restaurant. The calamari was not chewy and had good seasoning, they were not bad. The common theme with all of our appetizers was that they were nothing special.
It took awhile to decide on our maincourse so we ordered a few thing. The first thing we decided on was the Cuban Roast Pork Dip. Having lived in Miami for two years we know a thing or two about Cuban sandwiches, but lets be clear this should not be called a Cuban. While Yard House uses some of the same ingredient as a classic Cuban they have also added their own twist which ruins what makes a Cuban so good.
We were not a fan of the roasted tomatoes. The pork was extremely salty and the BBQ au jus was not worth the dip. We were disappointed in the sandwich and wish we could go back in time to change our order. Where is Doc Brown when you need him? We did however get Truffle French Fries with this Sandwich that were good, really good.
The fries were cut very thin and cooked to the perfect level of crispness. They had the right amount of salt and then seasoned with shredded parmesan cheese and fresh herbs. We could not stop eating these fries and they gave us a ton of them. These fires were so good they could have been a meal on their own. We would certainly go back for these fries.
We also decided to try one of Yard House's Street Tacos. If your a regular of the blog you could probably guess that we would get the pork taco. That is exactly what we got, it was a carnitas taco with grilled onions, pico de gallo, guacamole and pineapple. We knew this was not going to be the best taco, but it was much better than our Cuban. The pork was roasted and juicy. The pico de galllo had little flavor and the pineapple took over as the main flavor in the dish. They did not put any guacamole on the taco which was missed. The tortilla also had little flavor, but when everything was mixed together it was a nice snack.
Lastly we ordered the Margherita pizza. This pizza was so bad, we only ate two little pieces of it. The pizza looks much better than it tasted. If you look at the picture you would think it has some potential and could be good, trust us it was not. There was too cheese and no sauce whatsoever. Yard House decided to get too cute with their take on a Margherita pizza (click here to see how it should be made). They thought adding Roma tomatoes would be enough for this pizza and skipped the sauce. The crust of the pizza tasted like cardboard, it was very dry. Dry crust combined with no sauce is the recipe for a bad pizza. There is not much more we can say except do not ever order the pizza at Yard House.
Along with mediocre food at best, the prices are very expensive at Yard House.
Should Or Should Not Eat:
Yard House made nothing that impressed us except the Truffle Fries. They get a very clear Should Not Eat from us. However if your looking for a place to get a huge selection of beers on tap Yard House is a Should Drink. If you do happen to go drinking here and get hungry stick to the Truffle Fries, the only thing we had that we will highly recommend.
Yonkers, NY: 237 Market Street > 914.375.9237